World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium
Recognizing and reaffirming the educational rights of all Indigenous peoples

The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) was established in August 2002 at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Alberta, Canada. WINHEC’s aim is to bring professionals together to achieve common goals through higher education. Members come from many different countries and a variety of diverse areas such as university departments, research organizations and government agencies.

Newsletter 2022

Greetings to our wonderful WINHEC family - Ya’ateeh, Tabe Imumi, Aloha, Tansi, Aniin, Kia Ora, Boozhoo, Burris, Burris, Etlante.

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Circle of honor
Recipients Announced

The Circle of Honor recipients for 2022 were announced on Wednesday, August 17.

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The Drum Beat

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC)
World Indigenous Nations University (WINU)
August 12-18, 2022

This summer, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Minnesota USA, will have the distinct honor of hosting the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and World Indigenous Nations University (WINU) welcoming members of Indigenous-serving institutions from around the world.

Two days of the event are dedicated to the annual meetings of WINHEC and WINU. All Indigenous-serving educational institutions are welcome to attend the general meetings. The three additional days of the conference are dedicated to events designed to showcase the host college and community: FDLTCC, the Fond du Lac Reservation, the Ojibwe culture and youth programs.

We invite you to join us in this landmark event.

All events are open to the public.

WIPCE 2022 Update

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In the spirit of Hope and a Vision for a Better Future to come, the WINU Executive Committee, in conjunction with the WINHEC Executive Co-Chairs, invite nominations for the WINU Honorary Doctorates. And in furtherance of the principles and intent of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the WINU Executive Committee call upon WINU and WINHEC Member Countries and their Indigenous education support networks to nominate eligible individuals for the WINU Honorary Doctorates that are described here. This also includes the awarding of Posthumous Honorary Doctorates for outstanding and significant achievements to individuals who have worked tirelessly and contributed significantly to Indigenous Rights and Indigenous knowledges in any of the WINHEC member countries or other Indigenous nations.

WINHEC Circle of Honours

The WINHEC Executive Co-Chairs are pleased to announce the ‘CALL for WINHEC Circle of Honours’ that advances WINHEC’s Mission and Goals, to:

  1. Recognise the significance of Indigenous education and the educational rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  2. Accelerate the articulation of Indigenous epistemologies (ways of knowing, education, philosophy, and research); and
  3. Protect and enhance Indigenous spiritual beliefs, cultures and languages through higher education.

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The World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and WINU (World Indigenous Nations University) sent a congratulatory message to the newly appointed Governor General for Canada, Mary Simon.

Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Mary Simon becomes the first Indigenous person to be appointed in this role in Canada. As a proud Inuk woman from Northern Quebec, she represents the kind of leadership and strength that is critical for addressing many of the issues we face as Indigenous people today.

On behalf of our membership, we shared that this appointment goes far beyond Canada reaching every corner of the Indigenous world and brings us hope for much needed change.

We wish Madam Simon all the very best and know that her work will help to illuminate the hearts and spirits of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Ngaragu woman Ashleigh Barty wins Wimbledon

The World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) wishes to send greetings and congratulations to the Ngaragu woman, Ashleigh Barty, who won the Wimbledon championship in tennis.

We realize that as the 2nd Indigenous woman to win the championship you will stand as a great model for young Indigenous people, not only in Australia, but across the world, as did Evonne Goolagong, a Wiradjuri woman, who was also triumphant in winning Wimbledon 50 years ago. In our time, your victory is felt as a victory of the indigenous experience and its triumph over all the challenges faced by indigenous people around the world. This is even more so for young Indigenous men and women who often struggle to find their place in this every challenging world.

WINHEC have corresponded with Ashleigh Barty and congratulated her on her success.

Thank you for being a proud and strong Ngaragu woman and a great role model for all our students and all indigenous people. Congratulations again.

Position paper
The UNESCO World Virtual Indigenous Circle on Open Science and the Decolonization of Knowledge Forum

In line with our traditional protocols, we pay respect to the Indigenous Elders and Traditional Owners, present and past, and we bring greetings from member institutions across the globe, Indigenous Elders and knowledge holders who have been the inspirational foundations of WINHEC as an international Indigenous Higher Education Consortium. On behalf of the Executive Committee we extend sincere appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this historic forum.

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Expressions of Interest

Positions for

Editor in Chief of the WINHEC
Journal of Indigenous Education Scholarship
Chair of World Indigenous Research Alliance (WIRA)

Priority will be given to members of WINHEC

The Drum Beats

 World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

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